Rajapaksa named leader of opposition

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Tuesday named the Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament, but rival lawmakers contested his eligibility to hold the position.

The Speaker has said that he would consider the objections and give a ruling on Friday.

Days after he stepped down from the office of the Prime Minister that he held for nearly two months, Mr. Rajapaksa demanded that he be made Opposition leader, since his political grouping had the largest number of Opposition MPs. He sought to replace Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan.

However, other lawmakers challenged the move on two grounds. They asked if Mr. Rajapaksa, staking his claim from the Sirisena-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), could do so after becoming a member of a new party formed by his supporters.

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